Lee Balan

Born: Detroit, MI

Schools: Wayne State University;

University of California at Long Beach; Arizona State University. 

B.A. in Art and Sociology. 

Graduate Certificate in Counseling


Lee Balan has been working and exhibiting as a fine artist for thirty years. He

is also a poet and performance artist. 


For fifteen years, he worked as the Director for a mental health program emphasizing the benefits of art and writing to help clients control symptoms. He developed and facilitated several art and writing workshops. 


Since 2004, Lee has devoted his full attention to art. He is the recipient of several awards for fine art. In 2009 he published his first novel, Alien Journal.


Exhibitions and Performances


  • Art Curator, Palm Springs Desert Pride Center, 2004-2007

  • Palm Springs Art Museum, Juried Show, Award Winner, 2007

  • City Hall of Palm Springs, Juried Show, 3rd in category, 2008

  • M-modern Gallery, Group Show, Palm Springs, 2009

  • L.A. Center for Digital Art, “Snap to Grid” Group Show, 2010

  • Take Root Festival, Group Show, San Francisco, June, 2011

  • L.A. Art Association Gallery 825, Group Show “Out There,” 2011

  • Lifework Gallery, Two Person Show, Palm Springs, CA, 2012

  • "Infinite Exposure," Group Show, UCR-Palm Desert, CA, 2012

  • "Modern Splendor," Savage Gallery, Solo Show, Palm Springs, 2012

  • "50 Shades of Great," Archangel Gallery, Group Show, Palm Springs, 2013

  • Featured artist online: http://bigbridge.org/BB17/art/lee_balan.htm#

  • "Phantasmagoria," Group Show, College of the Desert, 2013

  • JTAG, Group Show, won honorable mention, Joshua Tree Gallery. 2015 

  • Featured artist at Woodman/Shimkoo, Palm Springs, Feb. 2015

  • JTAG, "Climate Change" Group Show, won 3rd Place, Joshua Tree. 2015

  • Woodman/Shimko Gallery, Pride Show, Nov. 2015

  • Fusion Art (gallery on the web), 3rd place winner, Jan. 2016

  • Woodman/Shimko, Structuralism, 2016

  • Create Center, Featured Artist, Palm Desert, 2018

  • Articles in several publications including: The Bottom Line, Desert Entertainer, CV Independent.

  • Over 30 Performances as the Unknown Artist since 2004



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Lee  Balan at: www.ArtSlant.com - Los Angeles

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